Four Things To Do in Niagara Falls in the Winter

The SkyWheel is climate-controlled, the Butterfly Conservatory is open and the wineries are still offering tours, in the winter


Even when the snow hits Niagara Falls, this popular destination has plenty of things to see and do, and cooler temperatures often mean shorter line-ups. Here are a few of our favourite ways to make the most out of winter in Niagara.

Get a Bird’s Eye View

Niagara Helicopters’ 27-kilometre aerial tour follows the Niagara River and surrounding area, and includes sights of the rapids, the American Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Individual headsets offer historical information and anecdotes about the views below.

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SkyWheel: A 53-metre wheel with climate-controlled gondolas overlooking the Niagara Falls skyline.

Sip Some Vino

You’ll find tastings and tours year-round in Niagara-on-the-Lake, with icewine being the star during the winter months.

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Chateau des Charmes: Daily tastings and year-round guided tours of one of the region’s oldest vineyards—from the vines to the bottling line.

The Falls, Up Close & Personal

Bundle up and follow Queen Victoria Park’s pathways along the river, where you’ll find plenty of opportunities to snap pretty photos of frozen mist, snow-covered trees, and glacier-like formations surrounding the rushing water. Stop at the Table Rock Welcome Centre to feel the mist and see the Falls up close. At night, floodlights illuminate the Falls in a variety of colours.

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Journey Behind the Falls: An elevator brings you down 45 metres to an observation deck, giving you access to the foot of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Escape to Spring

If you want to stay inside and warm up, head to the Bird Kingdom—the world’s largest indoor free-flying aviary. Nearly 80 species of exotic birds from around the world fly around in a multi-level aviary that’s designed like a tropical rainforest complete with a 40-foot waterfall.

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Butterfly Conservatory: A lush, tropical oasis with over 2,000 tropical butterflies flying through 180 metres of pathways.